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  • Photo of #AFCON2021: Sunday Oliseh shuns Nigeria, tips Cameroon as credible contenders

    #AFCON2021: Sunday Oliseh shuns Nigeria, tips Cameroon as credible contenders

    Super Eagles icon, Sunday Oliseh, has named the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon as genuine title contenders for the AFCON 2021, shunning his own country despite their impressive performance and their qualification to the next round.  Oliseh said the 2021 AFCON host nation, Cameroon, is strong, aggressive, and well organized. The former Ajax and Juventus midfielder was also full of praises for Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar, who has scored five goals at the tournament so far, saying he is fun to watch. Cameroon was the first country to qualify for the 2021 AFCON round of 16 after victories over Burkina Faso…

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  • Photo of NFF may retain Eguavoen as Super Eagles coach if he leads Nigeria to glory at AFCON – Pinnick

    NFF may retain Eguavoen as Super Eagles coach if he leads Nigeria to glory at AFCON – Pinnick

    NFF president, Amaju Pinnick has hinted that Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen could keep the job should he lead Nigeria to glory in at 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.  Eguavoen, 56, was brought in as caretaker after long-serving German coach Gernot Rohr was sacked back in December ahead of AFCON. Eguavoen had been working as the Nigeria Football Federation’s technical director before being asked to replace Rohr and fill in until Portugal’s Jose Peseiro takes over as the new Super Eagles coach. Peseiro, who has coached Sporting, Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Saudi Arabia, is due to…

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  • Photo of Frustrated Thomas Tuchel tears into record signing Romelu Lukaku after Chelsea lose 0-1 to Man City leaving them 13 points behind in title race

    Frustrated Thomas Tuchel tears into record signing Romelu Lukaku after Chelsea lose 0-1 to Man City leaving them 13 points behind in title race

    Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel cut a frustrated and angry figure as he watched his side fall 13 points behind Manchester City in the English premier league titles race after losing 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday, January 15. It was Man city talisman, Kevin De Bruyne who made the difference with a beautifully crafted shot from the outside of the box after 70 minutes. City has now won 12 league games in a row and looks strong to defend its Premier League title. Tuchel has now laid into Chelsea’s record signing Romelu Lukaku and the German did not mince his…

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  • Photo of President Buhari hails Super Eagles over inspiring start at AFCON

    President Buhari hails Super Eagles over inspiring start at AFCON

    President Buhari has commended the Super Eagles of Nigeria for an impressive start at the ongoing 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, defeating a formidable opponent, Egypt 1-0, in their group stage encounter. In a statement released by his media aide, Femi Adesina, the President said he strongly believes, like millions of football-loving Nigerians, that the spectacular outing in Garoua, Cameroon is a foretaste of what to expect from the dedicated team as they square up against other opponents in the tournament. The President urged the Augustine Eguavoen-led team and the coaching staff to keep their eyes on the ball, remain…

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  • Photo of AFCON 2021: Super Eagles beat Egypt to win opening game

    AFCON 2021: Super Eagles beat Egypt to win opening game

    The Super Eagles of Nigeria have won their opening game against Egypt’s pharaohs in the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory. Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning goal which saw him win the man of the match title. Nigeria missed a couple of chances to double their lead, especially, in the second half but are now top of Group D with three points.

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  • Photo of 2021 AFCON: ‘Super Eagles ready to take on Egypt’ – Ahmed Musa boasts

    2021 AFCON: ‘Super Eagles ready to take on Egypt’ – Ahmed Musa boasts

    Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa says the the team is ready to battle the Pharaohs of Egypt in Group D opening game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on January 11. Speaking in an interview with the Super Eagles Media Officer after the team’s training session on Saturday at the VSTS-Annex OF Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Musa said the team was in high spirits. Musa scored a goal in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cotonsports on Friday in a practice match to help the players tune up as Augustine Eguavoen prepares to take the team to AFCON glory.…

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  • Photo of Inexperience and Panic defending as Burkina Faso loses 1-2 to Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at AFCON kick off

    Inexperience and Panic defending as Burkina Faso loses 1-2 to Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at AFCON kick off

    Hosts Cameroon started this year’s African Cup of Nations in style with a thrilling 2-1 victory against Burkina Faso on Sunday. A brace from captain Vincent Aboubakar helped the five-time champions recover from a goal down to claim all three points in Yaounde. Thousands of fans were delighted to see the tournament, which was delayed by 12 months due to the COVID-19 Pandemic get under way at the Olembe Stadium. The afternoon started with a vibrant opening ceremony, which featured dancing, singing and even giant replica of the trophy. Cameroon dominated proceedings early on, boasting the bulk of the possession and firing three…

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  • Photo of Paul Pogba refutes claims that Manchester United offered him a new £500,000-a-week contract that would have made him the highest-paid Epl player

    Paul Pogba refutes claims that Manchester United offered him a new £500,000-a-week contract that would have made him the highest-paid Epl player

    Paul Pogba has dismissed reports that he has been offered a new deal by Manchester United. Reports  by The Sun on Friday January 7, stated that Pogba was offered fresh terms worth £500,000-per-week last summer that would have made him the highest paid player in the English premier league. But a spokesman for Pogba has issued a statement to deny suggestions of a recently extended contract offer from United. The Frenchman is currently focusing on returning to action from injury and has entered the final six months of his contract. ”To clarify media reports, Paul has not been offered a…

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  • Photo of Vinicius Jr named world’s most valuable player ahead of Phil Foden and Erling Haaland

    Vinicius Jr named world’s most valuable player ahead of Phil Foden and Erling Haaland

    Real Madrid star, Vinicius Junior has been named the world’s most valuable player by a leading study. CIES Football Observatory calculates each player’s worth by aggregating their on-pitch performance with factors such as club, age, and remaining contract length. In the report released for the start of 2022, Brazilian winger Vinicius has come out on top. The 21-year-old is worth a whopping £138.5million, according to the formula used by CIES. That places him above Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden (£127m) and Erling Haaland (£119m) on the podium.  Mason Greenwood arrives in fourth place (£111.75m) before teenagers Florian Wirtz (£111m) and Jude Bellingham (108.5m), who both ply…

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  • Photo of Odion Ighalo ruled out of Africa Cup of Nations

    Odion Ighalo ruled out of Africa Cup of Nations

    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that Odion Ighalo will be out of AFCON 2021. The Nigerian Football body made this known in a statement on Thursday, January 6 in a statement that said the former Manchester United striker will play no part at the 33rd edition of the African football showpiece. “Forward Odion Ighalo is no longer expected as a result of issues with his Saudi Arabian club,” part of the statement read. With Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Genk’s Paul Onuachu already ruled out of the competition, Ighalo was expected to lead the Super Eagles forward line up…

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  • Photo of ‘Ighalo is unreliable, not the kind of striker Newcastle needs’ – Ex-England Goalkeeper, Paul Robinson

    ‘Ighalo is unreliable, not the kind of striker Newcastle needs’ – Ex-England Goalkeeper, Paul Robinson

    ormer Three Lions of England, Tottenham and Leeds goalkeeper, Paul Robinson has warned Newcastle United not to sign Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo . According to Robinson, Newcastle are fighting relegation and need a striker who will always score goals but that the club would be taking “a massive risk” by signing Odion Ighalo. Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said Ighalo is “unreliable” and urged the Magpies to look elsewhere. Ighalo, currently plays for Saudi Arabia outfit Al Shabab, and Sky Sports reported that he is one of a number of strikers being considered by Newcastle’s recruitment team this month. Eddie…

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  • Photo of Former England youth International, Ashleigh Plumptre granted clearance by Fifa to play for Nigeria

    Former England youth International, Ashleigh Plumptre granted clearance by Fifa to play for Nigeria

    England youth international Ashleigh Plumptre has been given the go-ahead to switch her international allegiance to Nigeria after Fifa approved her nationality thus enabling her to feature for the Super Falcons from now on. Ms Plumptre, 23, who plays her club football with Leicester City,  has been capped for the England U15, U19 and U23 teams a total of about 30 times. Born of a Nigerian father and English mother, Ms Plumptre had top this undergo an official change and this week, Fifa issued the documentation enabling her to star for the Super Falcons. Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) spokesman Ademola…

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